On Sun, 2018-03-11 at 19:59 +1100, Stephen Morris wrote:
> On 11/3/18 1:09 pm, Ed Greshko wrote:
> > On 03/11/18 09:24, Stephen Morris wrote:
> > > I can't find the documentation any more, but I have found documentation 
> > > on how to
> > > use copy the create the target as a hard link or as a soft link. It is 
> > > possible I
> > > have incorrectly remembered what I had read, or it is possible over time 
> > > that the
> > > standard copy functionality has changed and now you have to explicitly 
> > > specify that
> > > you want that functionality.
> > 
> >  From "man cp"
> > 
> >         -l, --link
> >                hard link files instead of copying
> > 
> >         -s, --symbolic-link
> >                make symbolic links instead of copying
> > 
> > 
> > [egreshko@meimei tmp]$ ll -i source
> > 11574505 -rw-rw-r--. 1 egreshko egreshko 14 Mar 11 10:06 source
> > 
> > [egreshko@meimei tmp]$ cp -s source source-s
> > 
> > [egreshko@meimei tmp]$ ll -i source*
> > 11574505 -rw-rw-r--. 1 egreshko egreshko 14 Mar 11 10:06 source
> > 11573763 lrwxrwxrwx. 1 egreshko egreshko  6 Mar 11 10:07 source-s -> source
> > 
> > [egreshko@meimei tmp]$ cp -l source source-h
> > 
> > [egreshko@meimei tmp]$ ll -i source*
> > 11574505 -rw-rw-r--. 2 egreshko egreshko 14 Mar 11 10:06 source
> > 11574505 -rw-rw-r--. 2 egreshko egreshko 14 Mar 11 10:06 source-h
> > 11573763 lrwxrwxrwx. 1 egreshko egreshko  6 Mar 11 10:07 source-s -> source
> > 
> > So, this is probably what you're recalling
> 
> It could be Ed, I remember the documentation differently, so I could be 
> not remembering it correctly, so I'll keep quiet now.

The original version of 'cp' (by which I mean the version going back to
the early days of Unix) didn't have any options. It simply copied the
file contents to a different file. There was no question of using
links, hard or soft (in fact symbolic links hadn't been invented).

poc
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